Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)



Route 4, Quechee, VT 05059 Visit Website | 802-359-5000 |


Cost: Adults: $10.50 |Seniors (65 plus): $9.50 |Youth (3-18): $8.50 | Children 2 and under: free Parking: Yes

For more than 30 years, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) has nurtured children’s interest in the natural world. 

Open year-round, the 47-acre campus, adjacent to Quechee State Park, features 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, 4 exhibit spaces, 2 classrooms, and ¾ miles of interpretive nature trails. VINS places a priority on making high-quality, compelling, and fun environmental education programs and learning opportunities accessible to more people and communities.  


1 review
  • June 23, 2024
    "Great place to spend a few hours with kids. My kiddo loved the creative playground, dinosaur exhibit and treehouse room. We went through the raptor aviary three times the Snowy Owls were her favorite. We didn't make it to the canopy walk because it was raining but I believe that's the main attraction. Still, even without this we really enjoyed several hours. Would recommend bringing a stroller if your kid isn't a great walker as stuff is a little spaced out and the trails are extremely accessible."
    - Erin Teodosio

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